Judges claimed more than €1.6 million in expenses last year, an 11 per cent decrease on the previous year.

District Court judge Kevin Kilrane had the largest claim of 2016 at €51,563, figures show

Mosney Holidays was paid €7.4 million in 2016 to operate a direct provision centre for 600 asylum seekers at Mosney in Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Avoca owner Aramark paid €5.2m for three centres in which 850 asylum seekers live

The judge remanded the accused on bail to appear before Ennis District Court on April 26th. File photograph: Getty Images

Text is first book prohibited by censorship board in Republic for nearly two decades

Former Clare captain and Dublin manager Anthony Daly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/inpho

Judge says Stacey Massey has ‘horrific record’ with 60 previous convictions

The Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg, Co Clare: a 49,400-tonne rock barrier to protect holes 1, 9 and 18 at the course is being sought “as a matter of urgency”

Trump consultants say not erecting coastal defences will affect viability of resort

A monthly average of almost 700 homeless families were living in commercial hotels last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Annual cost of housing one family in a hotel tops €55,000 – over €150 per night

The proposed extension to Liffey Valley shopping centre would have increased its size by 50 per cent, and would have included an Olympic-sized indoor ice arena

Bord Pleanála rules extension would worsen traffic congestion on Dublin’s M50

Evan Meehan from Shannon has pleaded guilty to uploading 30 photos of local teenage girls from their Facebook profiles to a pornographic site.

Solicitor says Evan Meehan is addressing issues ‘that caused him to do something so foolish and so stupid’

Fr Bernárd Lynch and Billy Desmond were married in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co Clare. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Co Clare priest married Billy Desmond in Spanish Point last week

The marriage of Fr Bernárd Lynch and Billy Desmond took place in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co Clare. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

‘Our Right to Love is our Right to Justice – Billy and Bernard’

Ennis District Court: Judge Patrick Durcan  threw out a bail agreement reached between gardaí and the solicitor for the accused

Court hears agreement reached with gardaí for bail, subject to conditions

The  Doonbeg Golf Links course and hotel in Co Clare which is owned by US president Donald Trump.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

US president took actions to distance himself from accusations of vested interests

Michael Harty sentenced at Ennis District Court to six months for ‘vile offences’

Apollo House and Hawkins House in Dublin. The planned demolition of Apollo House involves the planned demolition and redevelopment of the adjacent Hawkins House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Appeals lodged over the planned redevelopment of the 1960s office block in Dublin

Law Society paid out millions in compensation to clients of defaulting legal advisers

The woman said there has not been a repayment since 2010 on a mortgage that required monthly payments of €1,810. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Woman agrees to repossession as she cannot pay €486,000 owed to AIB subsidiary

The au pair said she worked three different Sundays and the commission stated that she should have received a premium of 25%. File photograph: Getty Images

Workplace Relations Commission finds for employee paid less than €5.65 per hour

Details released in response to a Garda Freedom of Information request show the total monetary penalty imposed in 2015 was €71,934. Photograph:  Frank Miller

130 gardaí fined total of €40,565 last year, down from 167 officers reprimanded in 2015

Joe Sutton at Ennis District Court on Friday.

Driver told ‘pack of lies’ when giving evidence he did not receive Garda speeding notice

Francis Brennan, The Park Hotel, Kenmare: ‘There are no losers in this deal.’ File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Brennan family retains majority control of five-star hotel in Kenmare

The woman – a wheelchair user – was diagnosed with a genetic neurodegenerative movement disorder, Friedreich’s Ataxia, at the age of 12. She began working with the council as a clerical officer in 2000 and left last January. File photograph: Getty Images

Woman banned from eating with colleagues and forcibly retired on medical grounds

 Joshua Jones, a supervisor at a KFC franchise, was sacked in 2014 in a decision the Employment Appeals Tribunal  found to be “disproportionate” and unfair. File photograph: Getty Images

Joshua Jones sacked over alleged irregularities over sales of ‘Kream Balls’ dessert

The  Legal Aid Board  report shows that between 2009 and  2015, it provided legal services to 144 potential victims of human trafficking. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Annual report shows organisation provided assistance to 38 new potential victims in 2015

The Workplace Relations Commission was told  it is not uncommon for one spouse to challenge a purchase undertaken by the other. Photograph:  Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Purchase of car was cancelled after dealership was contacted by estraged husband

The EAT said no reasonable employer would have arrived at the conclusions that Suir Pharma Ireland Ltd arrived at when dismissing Michael Last.

Employment Appeals Tribunal says Suir Pharma’s treatment of employee blatantly unfair

Kieran McLoughlin, second from left,  at the annual conference of the Worldwide Ireland Funds in 2015.  Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Kieran McLoughlin was paid $154,583 bonus by philanthropic organisation

The Law Society’s accounts for 2015 show that it recorded a modest operating loss of €36,495 in 2015 after enjoying a surplus of €1.2 million in 2014.

Former president Kevin O’Higgins received €110,000 for part-time role

Spend on Ballyfermot Leisure Centre reaches €45.5m following six-year row over costs

The Commission for Energy Regulation incurred a loss of €535,000 for the year. Photographs: Getty Images/The Irish Times

Payments up 15% despite Commission for Energy Regulation falling into the red

Dunnes Stores sacked a worker for instructing a colleague at a Cork branch to slow down his work ‘and drag himself around’.

Eileen Buckley awarded €9,330 for unfair dismissal at Employment Appeals Tribunal

The spend for the first nine months of 2016 coincided with the numbers of homeless families going over the 1,000 mark for the first time in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin Regional Homeless Executive says €34.85m spent in city in year to September

Anthony Foley’s sons Tony and Dan with Munster players  at Thomond Park, Limerick shortly after the player’s death last October. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

‘Many people have gone back to Mass for the first time’ after #8masses4no8 appeal, says priest

Oisín House, Pearse Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

College to college build accommodation for 250 student accommodation units on Pearse St

 The vast majority of the cases related to motorists clocked over the limit by “Go Safe” speeding vans. Photograph: Frank Miller

Speeding cases struck out as drivers say fixed penalty charges did not arrive in the post

 The Trump organisation purchased the Doonbeg Golf Links course and hotel for a reported   €15 million in February 2014. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eric Trump says company expects to report operating profits in second half of 2016

The judge said stealing the €400 medical wig was a serious offence. File photograph: Getty Images

Judge takes dim view of ‘appalling act’ and sends Paul Carr to prison for three months

The Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg, Co Clare. “It is local people who should be listened to – not people in Cork or Dublin who are not in danger of being washed out,” said John Flanagan. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It ‘beggars belief’ that community is not given support to fight coastal erosion

Property firm is backed by billionaire businessman Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Decision granted to enable Gibraltar registered Purleigh Holdings build 71 apartments

US president-elect Donald Trump’s controversial plan to build a 2.8km rock barrier, costing €10 million, at his Doonbeg, Co Clare golf resort (pictured) has been abandoned. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Proposal for US president-elect’s Clare resort involved 2.8km, 20m high, 200,000 tonne barrier

A new Wetherspoons superpub in Dublin would be an ‘unwelcome milestone in the current trend to completely alcoholise Camden Street’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Local resident says planned superpub part of trend to ‘completely alcoholise Camden Street’

Seán Kavanagh, head of  au pair agency SK Dublin, said the WRC position  “is making some families reluctant to take on au pairs”. Photograph: Getty Images

WRC said this was second case the young woman had taken against a host family

Donald Trump speaks during the Republican  candidates’ debate in New Hampshire in February. Photograph: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Locals in Co Clare village say presidential ‘one-two’ will be good for jobs

The  Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, Co Clare.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Presidency ‘would do for Doonbeg what Obama has done for Moneygall’

Facing the New Zealand Haka, the Irish rugby team form a figure eight in memory of Anthony Foley on Saturday at Soldier Field in Chicago. Photograph: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

‘We wanted to give something back to him and the family’, says player of No 8 tribute

Ireland face the Haka in a figure of eight, in memory of Anthony Foley, at Soldier Field, Chicago. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Statement from family: ‘Irish response to the Haka was incredible remembrance’

A spokeswoman for TCD, Ireland’s oldest university,  ruled out the prospect of a “Guinness Long Room” or a “Ryanair Front Square”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Education establishments accused of selling themselves by federation

A garda told the judge that while Harry Dinan was giving evidence, he saw Kevin Dinan “discreetly” video his uncle in the court.

Two men involved in court incident had been previously convicted of 2010 manslaughter

Cocaine seized by Revenue in Liscannor, Co Clare. Photograph: Revenue

Washed-up device may have been attached below waterline of cargo ship

Anthony Foley’s sons Tony and Dan with Munster players at Thomond Park, Limerick, last Saturday. Tony’s Facebook campaign is hashtagged #8masses4no8. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Axel Foley Memorial page asks visitors to attend eight Masses and pray for loved ones

In addition, the Oireachtas has set aside €15.4m for a pension fund. Photograph: Getty Images

In excess of 80 TDs and Senators who missed out on re-election get ‘termination payments’

At Ennis District Court, Kevin McCormack was charged with the assault causing harm of his brother Michael on June 8th last year.

Court hears claim brother sustained shovel wound requiring 20 stitches

In the mid-morning incident at the Ennis branch of McDonald’s on June 7th last, the man ordered a double sausage meal with extra hash brown, extra sausage and milk. Stock photograph: iStock

44-year-old said actions after ordering drive-thru breakfast were for ‘thrill of it’

The court heard it was 15 minutes into the Ryanair flight from Berlin to Shannon when the passsengers ‘started to make his presence felt’.  File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

52-year-old antique restorer pleaded guilty over disrupting flight to Shannon

Last year, almost €1.3 million was paid in fines to the poor box in courts across the country. File photograph: Collins Courts

Donations in Ennis will now be made to Court Discretionary Fund, says Patrick Durcan

Colleen McDonagh with her six children, Michael (11), Chloe (10), Sandra (8), John (6), Ger (4) and Ann-Harper (1). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colleen and John McDonagh and their six children have been homeless since Monday

The hotel had issued the chambermaid with a contract for employment two weeks before she was dismissed. File photograph: Getty Images

Hotel argues poor performance but claimant’s version of events deemed ‘more credible’

The 2009 Ryan Report recommended that 18 religious congregations  pay about half of the cost of the €1.5 billion redress scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson

State asked bodies to pay €725 million for victims but they have offered €480 million

Áras Chois Fharraige home in Spiddal, Co Galway.

Ex-employee was disciplined after raising concerns over alleged abuse at centre

Image of the proposed new RDS arena stand to increase  crowd capacity from 18,500 to 21,000, mainly to cater for Leinster rugby games.

‘It’s constant harassment from traffic. Residential life is gone here at the weekends’

 Brian O’Driscoll is a major shareholder in the firm with tech entrepreneur Ray Nolan. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Ultimate Rugby Ltd enjoys a boost from the Rugby World Cup in England

The funeral of Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas takes place at St Brigid’s Church in Liscannor, Co Clare. Photograph: PA

Members of Coast Guard formed a guard of honour for hearse outside St Brigid’s Church

Crowds queueing to pay their respects at the removal of Caitríona Lucas at Liscannor, Co Clare, on Wednesday. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Caitríona Lucas (41) remembered at removal following her death during search operation

A file photo of late Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas, who died off Kilkee  on Monday. File photograph: Press 22

Late mother-of-two described as ‘very active member’ of Doolin Coast Guard Unit

Monteco Holdings, a company co-owned by AirAsia boss and Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes, was previously granted permission to demolish and redevelop the Ormond Hotel (above). This was in spite of opposition from the Save Joycean Dublin Committee and local residents. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Monteco Holdings can develop hotel linked with James Joyce’s Ulysses, despite opposition

 Beckman Coulter is seeking to increase its workforce at its Clare plant.

US bio-medical firm seeks to increase workforce by 105 following closure of Galway plant

A creche owner must pay up after the Workplace Relations Commission awarded a woman who formerly worked at the creche just under €5,000 after finding she was unfairly dismissed because she was pregnant. File photograph: Getty Images

Workplace Relations Commission awards worker €4,900 over unfair-dismissal finding

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has awarded the unnamed worker €2,010 after finding that she was unfairly dismissed by the creche run under the auspices of an unnamed religious order. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former creche employee awarded €2,010 after successful unfair dismissal challenge

The Irish military’s drug testing programme was introduced in 2003. Since then, 105 personnel have tested positive. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Number testing positive is more than tripple the number for 2014, and higher than 2013

Donal Óg Cusack had applied  to build a four-bedroom house and has appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork hurling hero withdraws appeal against ruling to block new home on site near Cloyne

File image of a woman breastfeeding her child. File photograph: Getty Images

Workplace Relations Commission hears paramedic’s complaint over transfer delay

Armed gardaí from the  Emergency Response Unit on patrol in north inner city Dublin during an upswing in  gang-related violence earlier this year. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gangland costs: City overtime bill up €7m to €18.47m for first half of this year

Mike Mahony and Marion Casey make the most of the sunshine between the showers on O’Connell Square in Ennis at the Fleadh. Photograph: Eamon Ward

After 39 years, the traditional music festival returns to Ennis for ‘phenomenal’ event

Two-year-old Clodagh Purcell leading the CBS Limerick Pipe band at the the opening parade of Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann in Ennis, Co Clare.  Photograph:  Eamon Ward

Biggest annual event in Irish traditional music returns to Clare town after 39 years

The total cost of running Portlaoise Prison last year was €21.32million.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Cost per prisoner up from €95,818 to €97,824, as number of people jailed down 28

Denis O’Brien: businessman is linked to property firm Purleigh Holdings which wants to build 71 apartments in five white pavilion blocks in Donnybrook. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Property firm backed by businessman Denis O’Brien aims to build €50m luxury scheme

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud co-owner Patrick Guilbaud. Photograph: Eric Luke

Michelin two-star restaurant enjoying ‘very strong’ year

While it found in his favour, the Employment Appeals Tribunal described Sean McHugh’s dealings in the matter that got him the sack as “naive, reckless and careless”. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judgement finds bank’s action in dismissing man was ‘disproportionate’

  Frankie Dettori and  Clare Balding take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge (for the UK branch): the campaign went viral in 2014 and helped the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association raise €2 million. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Last year fundraising money fell 59% to €844,285 from record €2m in 2014

Escalating expense of the system criticised by former Tusla chief executive

Figures show the two lead prosecutors in the case against  John Bowe,  Willie McAteer and Denis Casey - Paul O’Higgins SC (above) and Úna Ní Raifeartaigh SC - received over €750,000 between them. Mr O’Higgins received €384,375 while Ms Ní Raifeartaigh received €369,615. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

€1m to prosecutors in longest criminal trial in State’s history increases fees

Donal Óg Cusack had hoped to build a four-bedroom house and has appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former hurler denied permission for house 1.5km outside home village of Cloyne

Eamon Dunphy: said the shop was at the heart of the community. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Eamon Dunphy and Susan Jane White among locals defending amenity

Oisín House on Pearse Street: was to be demolished to make way for the new building. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TCD had prior council approval for seven-storey student scheme at Oisín House

The west Clare man pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of two of his nieces.

77-year old lured his six-year-old niece to his home with the promise of biscuits

A mother-of-three who sent ‘a vile’ Christmas card to an 11-year-old girl has been ordered to pay €600 into a court poor box.  Photograph: Thinkstock.

Matter involving mother of three linked to incident between her daughter and girl when aged eight

Local golfer Aideen Walsh looks at the damaged 6th green at Woodstock Golf club, in Ennis, Co Clare after a herd of cattle ran across the course. Photograph by Eamon Ward

‘Hooves made divots of two, three and four inches deep on the greens’, says club member

Neil Jordan is in dispute with a neighbour over an 11sq m  bathing shelter at Sorrento Terrace in Dalkey, south Dublin

Council grants permission for film director’s neighbour to retain bathing shelter at home

A witness to the incident, hotel waiter Killian O’Grady, said that on starting work at 6pm on the night he could see that tension was high in the kitchen and the two chefs were not talking. File photograph: Getty Images

Neville Fitzpatrick thought he would die after ‘vicious assault’ by Thai chef Songwut Sanban

Sorrento Terrace in Dalkey, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Film director in planning battle with next door neighbour at exclusive Dalkey terrace

A coastal path at the Doonbeg golf links course and hotel in Co Clare. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Not proven that 2.8km, 200,000-tonne rock ‘berm’ needed to protect course - department

The people of Doonbeg have shown support for Donald Trump’s contentious plan to erect a €10 million rock barrier to save his golf links course from coastal erosion. File photograph: Jonathan Drake/Reuters

Clare County Council receives submissions of support for 200,000-tonne, 2.8km seawall

Mr Justice Anthony Barr says Julie Greene was permanently injured in the accident

At Ennis District Court (above), a native of Miltown Malbay in west Clare, Patrick Matthews (32), pleaded guilty to a total of 115 charges where 30 victims were ripped off of a total of €26,282. File photograph: Google Street View

Crimes emerge after complaint over €75 paid to Patrick Matthews (32) for One Direction ticket

Muhammad Ali with his wife Lonnie in Ennis, Co Clare, in 2009. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Distant relatives share memories of boxing legends who visited Co Clare in 2009

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California on June 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach this week called tycoon’s immigration comments ‘racist and dangerous’

Doonbeg Golf Club, Co Clare. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

‘It’s a big honour for Doonbeg,’ says ex-chairman of community development company

Mr De Morais told the hearing that he asked a duty manager at Nestor’s SuperValu could he have the pizza and the manager replied “whatever”. Image: Google Streetview

Galway shop ordered to pay €6,400 to man unfairly dismissed for taking food from rubbish

A manager at a franchised Limerick Supermac’s outlet  lost her  post after failing to report two incidents that cost the firm €2.75. File photograph: Supermacs.ie

Watchford Ltd to pay Linda O’Donoghue €19,000 over claim for constructive dismissal

 Noel Grealish: “I am personally owed €480,000, as I paid the redundancy out of my own pocket and I also gave loans to the company to keep it going through difficult times.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Galway West TD’s Galway Glass Centre collapsed in 2012 with debts just over €540,000

Two men charged with €300 in criminal damage to Shannon Airport perimeter fence

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